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MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce has announced it was recently awarded a grant from the Missouri Division of Tourism to help combat the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nodaway County.

According to a news release, the grant of around $19,000 will be used in promotion of community businesses.

In addition to the grant, Nodaway County Economic Development allocated $5,000 from its budget to assist in the effort of driving consumers to area businesses.

In that same line, the two entities also secured funding from Nodaway County’s CARES Act Fund to develop a shop local campaign to boost support for local businesses.

“We are proud to bring our area, ‘Shop Small: Uniquely Nodaway,’” said chamber Executive Director Lily White in a news release.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 19 and continuing through Saturday, Dec. 12, participating businesses will distribute tickets to customers for weekly drawings. Each business will determine a method for distributing those tickets and winners will be drawn at the end of business each Monday.

During the eight-week event, prizes will be given in the form of gift cards, with a final drawing on Dec. 14 featuring a $1,000 cash grand prize and two $500 cash prizes.

The winning numbers will be posted on the chamber and NCED’s Facebook pages at 4 p.m. on Mondays. The grand prize drawing will be held Monday, Dec. 14. To claim their prize, winning ticket holders may bring their ticket to the chamber office, 408 N. Market St.

Participating businesses include: Best Brands Plus, Blue Willow Boutique, The Kitchen and Bath Source, MTE Office Center, Northwest Audio Visual, Rapid Elite, Student Body, Planet Sub, Title Town Bar & Grill, William Coy’s Farm-to-Table Restaurant, Board Game Cafe, Maryville Parks and Recreation, Barnyard Boutique, Blue Sign Vintiques, Cobbler Cottage, Goff Home Grocery, La Chic, Lean Kitchen, Maryville Florists, Minnie Lane, The Plant House, Twice is Nice, Unique Finds, White Elm Mercantile, Tuck Point Bar & Grill and Encryption: Escape Experience.

Should other businesses wish to participate, they may contact the chamber at director@maryvillechamber.com. For an updated list of participating businesses visit: maryvillechamber.com/uniquely-nodaway. For all non-purchase entries visit the chamber office, 408 N. Market St.

“Small businesses give so much to us as a community; it is time for us to step up and show them how much we appreciate their many contributions,” White said. “Please make every effort to support our businesses by shopping locally.”

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